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Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/12/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Friday, 21 December 2012

Pope Benedict delivers his address to the Roman Curia last year (AP)

Pope Benedict delivers his address to the Roman Curia last year (AP)

Attacks on the “the true structure of the family” are reducing children to “an object to which people have a right”, Benedict XVI said in his annual “state of the world” address to the Roman Curia this morning (full text, video).

The design for a new Catholic cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was unveiled yesterday, almost three years after the original was destroyed in an earthquake.

Pope Benedict urged Italian children from the youth wing of Catholic Action to “help one another to find the great Author of life, joy, love, and peace” during an audience yesterday (video).

The Holy See needs to put new financial control mechanisms in place “because even the best person can be led into temptation”, Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, president of the Holy See’s Prefecture for Economic Affairs, said yesterday (video).

George Weigel says the US bishops’ decision not to issue the pastoral message “The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic Times” was a missed opportunity.

Fr Robert Barron tells Brandon Vogt that “to know the great Catholic theological and artistic tradition is key to being a new evangelist“.

And Carol Glatz watches the Vatican workers known as “sanpietrini” dusting the perilous heights of St Peter’s Basilica before Christmas.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Thursday, January 3.

  • Nat_ons

    Fr Robert Barron tells Brandon Vogt that “to know the great Catholic theological and artistic tradition is key to being a new evangelist“.
    True enough, yet uploading a simple recitation of the Holy Rosary has to be the easiest way to make accessible the treasury of theological and artistic tradition. The wonderful ‘Aid To The Church in Need’ has done this successfully, and it still sheds tremendous blessings to those who join in with them; heaven! even sites like the Catholic Herald and the Catholic Church in England and Wales etc could do it .. were its contributors willing to sacrifice the time. Time and again, I implore those who can read English well (UK and Irish forms most essentially) to spend a little time reading out those resources already available on the Net, to offer this sacrifice not only to visually impaired but to the whole world of Web-watchers  - and there are many Free Audio sites on which their contribution would be more than welcome.

    Sadly, a BBC-style ‘nearly-sort-of-Christian’ Thought For The Day, Political Comment or Charity Appeal seems to be the ideal format of evangelisation envisaged by the hierarchy’s little helpers in the e-world (and God bless them too, even for so meagre a diet of witness to the Catholic Faith – one trust this is but the start, not the summit).

    http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/Home/Podcasts

  • Lewispbuckingham

    ‘A Missed Opportunity’ Now that there is news that the US fiscal cliff is to be temporarily averted the opportunity represents itself for further reflection and publication.